Women In Sports Profile: Washington's Karen Baebler
Among Karen Baebler's duties at Washington includes putting together bids for championship events and management of UW's Nordstrom Tennis Center.
Among Karen Baebler's duties at Washington includes putting together bids for championship events and management of UW's Nordstrom Tennis Center.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The third “Women in Sports” career seminar, presented by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, will be held Saturday, April 8 in Portland, Ore.

Designed for college and high school females interested in pursuing sports-related careers, the seminar will take place at Memorial Coliseum.

The event will feature panelists from a broad cross-section of occupational paths, including coaching, administration, business, marketing, media, media relations, NCAA compliance, sports medicine, ticket sales, and officiating. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with -- and seek career advice from -- a slate of experienced sports professionals in a round-table format. 

Below is a profile on a panelist who will be featured at this year's event.

Assistant Athletic Director, Sports Operations
Colleges Attended: Grossmont College (El Cajon, Calif.); University of Washington; Ball State University
College Major: General Studies; Fine Art (Photography); Athletic Administration
Years In Current Position: 11 years

Primary Job Responsibilities: Championships (bids, financials, administration), game day administration for men's basketball, men's and women's golf and volleyball; general management of the Nordstrom Tennis Center, athletic contest contracts, official team schedules, gender equity and sustainability.

Things You Enjoy Most About Your Job: I’m able to do what I love and what I'm good at. No day is ever the same. I have a flexible schedule (though with long hours), great leadership, progressive, and innovative workplace.

Why Did You Pursue A Professional Career In The Athletics Industry: It was a good fit for me.

First Job In The Sports Industry: High school coach.

A Key Mentor Who Helped You On My Career Path: Jae Park, university administrator.

Most Influential Person In Your Early Professional Development: Joyce Sake, college basketball coach.

Biggest Hurdle You Overcame Breaking Into The Sports Industry: Starting with no contacts.

Key Attributes That Have Helped Shape Your Career Path: Resilience, grit, desire to improve and self-doubt.

Looking Back, What Is One Thing That You Would Do In College Or Early On To Help You Along Your Career Path? I would think about what I wanted my life to look like not five to 10, but 20 to 30 years in the future. I’d also like to take a genuine interest in other people's lives.

Best Advice You Would Give To A Young Female Wanting To Work In Sports: Be aware of how you interact with colleagues and how they see you.

Favorite Sports Team: Beside the Huskies? Mercer Island High School freshman football team.

Favorite Athlete: Courtney Thompson

Most Memorable Sports-Related Moment: 2005 NCAA Volleyball Championships.